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What To Do Following a Vehicular Accident

The Harding Law Firm - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Aggressive driving, cell phone use, driver distraction and inexperience, fatigue and eating and drinking are all factors that contributed to motor vehicle accidents in recent years, according to the NY State Department of Motor Vehicles.

In times of crisis, it’s always best to be prepared ahead of time.

    Here are 5 Important Tips to Follow Immediately After an Accident:
  1. Make sure everyone is all right, then call the police.
  2. Ask for insurance information from the other driver, then call your insurance company.
  3. In the case of extensive damage, don’t attempt to move your vehicle. Take photos of the scene if no one is injured.
  4. Don't admit guilt. In fact, do not engage in any negotiations whatsoever with the other driver.
  5. Keep track of repairs.
  6. Call Harding Law for representation.
  7. Dealing with insurance companies – yours, and the other driver’s – can be daunting, and it’s vital to have an expert attorney on your side. Call Harding Law today for a consultation.

What You Need to Know About Child Custody

The Harding Law Firm - Friday, October 03, 2014

When marriages end, there must be legal proceedings, and among the most important are decisions about child custody.

    The Following is Important Information Regarding Custody:
  • Each parent has an equal right to the custody of the child when they separate.
  • When determining the home to place the child, the court seeks to reach a decision in the best interests of the child.
  • A decision in the best interests of the child requires looking at many factors, including the wishes of the child and their parents, the child's relationship with each of the parents, any siblings in the home, and the child's comfort in his home, school, and community.
  • Courts have the option of setting temporary custody, which gives custody of the child to one parent during divorce or separation proceedings. Exclusive custody gives one parent all custody rights. Joint custody gives both parents equal rights.
  • A court can award the custody of a child to a third party if they are seeking custody. The third party is often a grandparent or other close relative.

Custodial issues are of great importance, and legal representation is recommended. Call Harding Law today for a consultation. We’ll sit down and answer any questions you may have about what’s ahead.